LUFTHANSA UNDER PRESSURE
Lufthansa is preparing to ground more aircraft than initially planned and cut working hours during the winter amidst a surge of coronavirus cases.
Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels Airlines will ground 125 more aircraft during the winter than originally planned, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said in a letter to staff.
“It is unavoidable to ramp down operations during the winter of 2020/21 even further and to put as many areas as possible in ‘hibernation’ from mid-December”
Most of the group’s administrative staff will be put on a government-sponsored reduced hours scheme, he added.
Lufthansa said this month said it will likely only offer up to 25% of the last year’s capacity in the fourth quarter, as it reported a third-quarter operating loss of 1.26 billion euros.
COVID-19 IMPACT ON CIVIL AVIATION IN EUROPE
Lufthansa isn’t the only airline to be under pressure, in fact, all airlines globally are, however, Europe has been particularly hard-hit.
According to the ICAO, in 2020, Airlines in Europe will have a projected airline revenue loss of over $91Bn for international travel and $11Bn for domestic travel.